The World Bank Water on Thursday said that water, sanitization and hygiene (WASH), and waste management practices play a crucial role to prevent human-to-human transmission of the coronavirus.

“Ensuring good and consistently applied #WASH and waste management practices is one of the essential barriers to human-to-human transmission of #COVID19 in communities, homes, health care facilities, schools, and other public spaces, ” the group said on Twitter.

Noting that 2.4 million people live with poor sanitation and hygiene, it said only 20% of the world’s population properly wash their hands. 

Poor sanitation and hygiene costs countries $260 billion annually, the

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